Pella’s the top seed as the 1A Boys’ State Soccer tournament gets underway this afternoon in Muscatine. Coach “Coco” Guitierez says the top seed was a surprise despite his team’s 14-0-1 record. He says they’ve already accomplished their top goal of making it to state. Guittierez says there are a lot of good things going for his team, as he says they’ve been playing well together, are well conditioned, and are used to playing on a big field.He doesn’t think his team is the favorite, he says Davenport Assumption is the likely favorite with a good history of making it to the tournament.Pella lost their opening game in 2000 in their only other state tournament appearance. They face Denison-Schleswig in the first round today.
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Talk about happy campers. The Iowa D-N-R is offering incentives to get people to try overnighting in state parks this spring and summer. Frequent campers need to save their registration slips. The D-N-R’s Ross Harrison says campers who stay in at least ten Iowa parks from a select list can qualify for prizes like a free week of camping, a two-person kayak or a five-thousand dollar camper/trailer.Those who camp in at least four selected state parks before October 31st can get treats like T-shirts or a subscription to the D-N-R’s “Iowa Conservationist” magazine. Harrison says you can get full details on the prizes just by stopping at any Iowa state park.For more information, surf to “exploreiowaparks.com”. The 18 parks include: Beeds Lake, Franklin County; Bellevue, Jackson County; Dolliver, Webster County; Honey Creek, Appanoose County; Lacey Keosauqua, Van Buren County; Lake of Three Fires, Taylor County; Lake Wapello, Davis County; Lewis & Clark, Monona County; Palisades-Kepler, Linn County; Pilot Knob, Winnebago County; Prairie Rose, Shelby County; Red Haw, Lucas County; Stone, Woodbury County; Union Grove, Tama County; Walnut Woods, Polk County; Wapsipinicon, Jones County; and Waubonsie, Fremont County.
The Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter wing in Des Moines has been selected as one of the units to continue homeland defense missions. Colonel Robert King is the spokesman for the guard.He says the North American Aerospace Defense Command has assigned sectors of responsibility to fighter units around the country. The responsibility for the 132nd’s F-16 fighters begins tomorrow (Saturday).The fighters will be on alert for short-notice 24-hour-a-day responses to assignments from NORAD. King says this is part of formalizing sectors so all areas of the country can be quickly covered if needed.King says this is not in response to any specific threat, it’s simply the ongoing response following the attacks of September 11th. The fighter jets could be scrambled to shoot down airliners that pose a threat in the Midwest.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has totaled up the fish killed from that manure spill May 24th near Estherville. D-N-R spokesman Ross Harrison says nearly 33-thousand-500 fish were killed in Brown Creek and the West Fork of the Des Moines River.He says many of the dead fish were minnows and chubs, but there were some northern pike, walleyes and catfish killed. He says the pike, walleyes and catfish are more prized by anglers, but the death of the others is just as significant.The manure came from a broken pipe on the John Greig farm. Harrison says Greig will have to pay nine thousand dollars to replace the fish. He says Greig did take action to dam up the spill, and that was a big help in holding down the damage in the Des Moines River.He says it wasn’t a total kill, so the river should recover faster. Harrison says this spill is a lesson in the importance of quick reaction when there’s a spill.He says prompt action is important, and anyone discovering a spill should call the D-N-R as soon as possible. Greig still faces possible fines for the spill.
After a barge hit and collapsed an Oklahoma bridge a few days ago killing at least 14 people, an incident in eastern Iowa this week seems pretty tame, but it still caused concern. Mississippi River traffic in the Davenport area is back to normal again after some runaway barges crashed into the Crescent Railroad Bridge. Nine coal-filled barges broke away from a towboat late Wednesday afternoon and hit the bridge pilings. There were no injuries. Crews worked all day Thursday removing the barges. And Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad officials inspected the bridge and found no damage. The U.S. Coast Guard in conducting an investigation to see why the accident took place.
A motorcyclist is dead after a collision in eastern Iowa. A Davenport man died overnight after being critically injured Thursday afternoon when his cycle hit a pickup truck. Police say 43-year-old Lyle Howard was riding through an intersection when the driver of the truck, who didn’t see him, turned left in front on him. Officers say the driver of the truck, 31-year-old Mark McIntire of Davenport, was not hurt. The accident remains under investigation.
A Delaware County mental health counselor is jailed for allegedly getting prescription drugs from his patients. After a two-month investigation, 41-year-old Mark Davison of Manchester is accused of conspiring and soliciting his clients to get the drugs while he was a counselor at the Backbone Area Mental Health Unit of the Regional Medical Center in Manchester. Davison is also accused of giving a physician misleading information in order to get a prescription for a client.
What are believed to be an infant’s remains were found Thursday at a county recycling facility in northwest Iowa. The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office dispatched to the Harold Rowley Recycling Center southeast of Storm Lake about three o’clock Thursday afternoon. The department says a possible body of an infant was found by the employees of the recycling center. Initial investigation indicates the infants’ body was discarded through the recycling process. The body was sent to the state medical examiner in Des Moines… where an autopsy is pending.
An interstate bridge in Des Moines will be blown to pieces this weekend. Demolition experts will implode the southbound Cottage Grove Bridge that crosses I-235 northwest of downtown Des Moines early Sunday morning. It’s part of a massive project to replace all the bridges along the I-235 corridor in the Capitol City. Thom Doud of Controlled Demolition Incorporated says they’ll place explosives in some 800 holes in the spans and pillars of the bridge. He says it takes more explosive to bring down a bridge than it does a building as the larger structures are pulled down by gravity. Bridges don’t have as much weight.Doud says they’ll try to keep the blast under control as the entire structure will be covered in fabric and chain-link fence to keep debris from flying.He says there’ll be a lot of dust as there always is with an explosion, but not as much dust as when a building implodes.Doud says it’ll take about three seconds to bring the bridge down, and showed a folder dropping from his hand to a desk as an example of how quickly the bridge will fall.A spokesman for the Iowa D-0-T says they’re discouraging spectators from watching the implosion. He says traffic will be re-routed around the bridge for about 13 hours. The northbound bridge will be dropped a week from Sunday.
The recovery effort ended with a ceremony at the World Trade Center site Thursday, and a health expert in Iowa this week says the September 11th attacks were a wake-up call for more action in bioterrorism preparedness. Susan Polan — government relations director for the Trust for America’s Health — says we learned many hard lessons on nine-eleven. She says Iowa and the rest of the country has a long way to go to develop a responsive public health system.Polan is in Iowa to meet with public health and emergency management experts to discuss the state’s ability to handle bioterrorism emergencies and chronic diseases. While Polan says Iowa’s “come a long way” toward being well-prepared, she says there are a whole series of activities into which the state hasn’t even started to delve, such as a nationwide health tracking network.Before the recent anthrax scares, Polan says few people were giving much consideration to a terrorist threat of that sort. She says more emphasis needs to be placed on developing the connection between the environment and chronic diseases, like asthma or cancer.Polan says more needs to be done to safeguard the public’s health and safety, including a comprehensive nationwide tracking network that’d track chronic diseases and potential environmental-related factors. For more information, surf to “healthyamericans.org”.